Located 35 minutes southeast of Atlanta, Covington offers easy access to big city amenities while still keeping a small town feel. Many families measure their time in Covington not in years, but in generations. The city has a vibrant downtown centered around the historic square. The square offers a variety of activities in the form of the arts, shopping and dining. The city also features access to interstate 20 and a 5,500 foot runway airport that is perfect for traveling executives.
The surrounding Newton County stands as one of largest land counties in the state. The county is a combination of rural land and growing residential areas. With access to two major water resources in Lake Varner and Jackson Lake, the county has all the natural resources needed for further population growth.
Covington is home to more than 20 manufacturing plants including industry leaders CR Bard, General Mills, S.K.C, Fibervision, Bridgestone and Pactive. Our local industries employ more than 4,000 residents, or 20 percent of the county’s work force. With a combined land value of $160 million, industries also generate significant tax revenue.
Newton County is home to four institutions of higher education, including the historic Oxford College Campus. The original home of Emory College, the Oxford campus today stands as a leading 2-year Liberal Arts college where many Emory students begin their studies. Other schools within Newton include DeKalb Technical College, Georgia Perimeter College and Troy University.
Despite massive population growth over the last decade, the county still boasts a robust agricultural base that generates more than $14.5 million in products a year. Farms across the county produce beef cattle, hay, and poultry. Recently, organic farms have also begun to crop up around the county. Some city residents have also caught the agriculture bug. One man recently fought for his right to remain an urban chicken farmer.
Plans are currently underway to build a million dollar facility that would be used for agricultural education and livestock shows. The county is already home to three major learning facilities. Established in 1937, the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center is the states’ premier camp facility and conference center. For almost 50 years, Boy Scouts have camped and created cherished memories at Bert Adams Scout Reservation. The camp is undergoing a $12 million renovation that is scheduled for completion this month. The Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center offers youth the opportunity to experience the great outdoors through enjoyable educational programs.
The county’s youth also have a variety of recreation options including the beautiful Turner Lake complex. The site features four state-of-the art softball fields, youth football fields, wooded walking paths and, of course, fishing on Turner Lake. The county possesses 14 other recreational facilities including City Pond Park and the newly opened Denny Dobbs Park.
Hollywood of the South
Covington is also the birthplace of the truly Southern fashion statement known as “Daisy Dukes.” “The Dukes of Hazzard” is just one of nearly 30 television shows and movies that have been filmed in Covington and Newton County. For seven years, Covington played the part of Sparta, Mississippi in “In the Heat of Night.” The county can also be spotted in hit films like “Halloween 2" and “Remember the Titans." Covington currently stars in the CW’s hit show “The Vampire Diaries” as the vampire hotbed Mystic Falls, Virginia while the city of Mansfield recently played host to the zombie horde in "The Walking Dead."
Given its prime combination of natural resources and proximity to Atlanta, Newton County witnessed an unprecedented explosion of growth in the past decade. At one point, Newton was the eleventh fastest growing county in the country. This growth spurned a boom in construction across the county ranging from strip centers to expansive residential developments.